. . .A Story from the Underground Railroad.
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Historic Fiction
Themes: Slaves, Underground Railroad, Civil War
Book Jacket: In this haunting, wordless story, a young girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in her family's barn. The stranger's fearful eye weighs upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to do what she knows is right? Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl and the runaway as they each face a journey: one following the North Star, and the other following her heart.
Dedication: To a librarian friend, who long ago ignited the spark that lit the lantern. -H.C.
Why I like this book: The black pencil drawings on cream-colored paper are gentle, and reflect perfectly this story which takes place on a farm very close to the author's own childhood home. Although they tell the story well, I was surprised at my disappointment in discovering this was a wordless book, and how I longed for written communication! This is why I am sharing words from the front and back of Unspoken. The author's note, a portion noted below, fills in the blanks, and fulfills my desire for more information.
Author's note: "When I was very little, I sat at the dining room table during Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, and listened to elderly relatives tell Civil War stories--stories they had heard directly from people who had lived during the war!"
CHILD FRIENDLY LINKS:
Find a copy of Unspoken here.
Teaching activities with "Dear America" series HERE
Underground Railroad/Harriet Tubman videos HERE
Lesson Plans for the Underground Railroad HERE